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VOSH IN LATIN AMERICA Nelson Rivera, OD Vice President, VOSH International ALDOO/CLOO Asociacion Latinoamericana de Opticos y Optometristas Equivalent of AOA in Latin America Asociacion Latinoamericana de Programas y Facultades Optometria Equivalent of ASCO In Latin America

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VOSH

IN

LATIN AMERICA

Nelson Rivera, OD

Vice President, VOSH International

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ALDOO/CLOO

Asociacion Latinoamericana de

Opticos y Optometristas

Equivalent of AOA in Latin America

Asociacion Latinoamericana de

Programas y Facultades Optometria

Equivalent of ASCO In Latin America

ALDEFO

Over 20 Countries represented

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ALDOO/CLOO

Makes sense to team up with

Groups which oversee Optometry

In Latin America

A lot of lobbying going on

Perhaps similar to what Optometry

was in the USA in

the 1960’s-70’s

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ALDOO/CLOO

Currently, working to create awareness

with the population in general

Ophthalmologists’ Resistance

to advances in Optometry

But that is changing….

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ALDOO/CLOO

Countries with Optometry laws/acts

in the books.

Panama

Guatemala

Colombia

Ecuador

Costa Rica

Mexico

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ALDOO/CLOO

Countries actively lobbying

for creation of Optometry laws

Argentina

Peru

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Helping Latin America

Some issues:

1. The NEED for help

2. The available resources

-Number of Optometrists locally

-General Infrastructure

-Cooperation of local authorities

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MEXICO

  • Capital City: Mexico CityArea:1,958,200 sq km/756,061 sq miles Population: 101,000,000
  • Per Capita Income: US$7,310.00
  • Number of Optometrists: 500
  • Number of technically trained: 12,000
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MEXICO

  • Missions 2006
  • San Cristobal (VOSH VA)
  • Etzanlan( VOSH WI)
  • San Carlos (VOSH MI)
  • Sta.Maria Oro (VOSH Sta.Cruz)
  • Baja (VOSH IL)
  • Colima (VOSH CO)
  • Sonora (VOSH AZ)
  • Oaxaca (VOSH IA)
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MEXICO

  • Schools of Optometry (4)
  • UNAM- Mexico City
  • IPC CICS-Mexico City
  • IPN- Milpa Alta
  • Aguascalientes
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COSTA RICA

  • Capital City: San JoseArea: 51,100 sq km/19,730 sq miles Population: 4,100,000
  • Number of Optometrists/Opticians: 300
  • Only 350 University Trained
  • 50 Empirically trained
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COSTA RICA

  • Optometry School
  • Universidad Latina
  • 4 year Optometry Program
  • 2 yrs Optician/4 yrs Optometry
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NICARAGUA

  • Capital City ManaguaArea: 129,494 sq km/49,998 sq miles
    • Population: 5,200,000
    • Per Capita Income: US$910.00
    • Number of Optometrists/Opticians: 115
    • Only 15 with University training
    • 35 Empirically Trained
    • 65 technical school trained
    • No Optometry schools.
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NICARAGUA

  • VERAS PROJECT
  • Cooperation VOSH, UNESCO
  • Also Local Health & Education Depts
  • Screening Children Ages 4-7
  • Pilot Project in Granada Dept
  • 178 schools
  • Over 5000 children screened
  • Eyeglasses given to about 105
  • Examined about 400
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NICARAGUA

  • Missions 2006
  • San Juan del Sur (VOSH CT)
  • Corn Islands (VOSH NECO)
  • Nandasmo (VOSH NE)
  • Granada/VERAS (VOSH Int’l)
  • Matagalpa/Esteli (VOSH FL)
  • Cardenas (VOSH NEWENCO)
  • Rivas (VOSH KY)
  • Chinandega (VOSH FL)
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HONDURAS

  • Capital City: TegucigalpaArea:112,090 sq km/43,278 sq miles Population: 6,700,000
  • Per Capita Income: US$1190.00
  • Number of Optometrists/Opticians: 100
  • Only 30 with University Training
  • 70 Empirically trained
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HONDURAS

  • Missions 2006
  • San Pedro Sula (VOSH IN)
  • Tela (VOSH IN)
  • Tocoa (VOSH KY)
  • Roatan (SVOSH UAB)
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GUATEMALA

  • Capital City: Guatemala CityArea: 108,890 sq km/42,042 sq miles Population: 13,900,000
  • Per Capita Income: US$2,450.00
  • Number of Optometrists/Opticians: 330
  • Only 70 with University Training
  • 135 with Technical training
  • 125 Empirically trained
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GUATEMALA

Missions 2006

Guatemala (VOSH PA)

Guatemala (VOSH OR)

Jalpatagua (VOSH ON)

Camanchaj (VOSH MI)

Sayache (VOSH PA)

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EL SALVADOR

  • Capital City: San SalvadorArea: 21,040 sq km/8,124 sq miles Population: 6,500,000
  • Per Capita Income: US$2,450.00
  • Number of Optometrists/Opticians: 165
  • Only 15 with University Training
  • 150 with Technical Training
  • “some” empirically trained
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EL SALVADOR

Missions 2006

Sta Ana/San Miguel(VOSHNECO)

Apopa/Suchitoto (VOSH NECO)

San Salvador (SVOSHNSUCO)

San Salvador (VOSH CA)

FUDEM- Permanent Clinic

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ECUADOR

  • Capital City Quito
  • Area 283,520 sq km/109,467 sq miles Population 12,000,000
  • Per Capita Income:US$2,630.00
  • Number of Optometrists: 280
  • Number with Technical Training: 320
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ECUADOR

  • Missions 2006

El Floron (VOSH OH)

Guayaquil (VOSH Sta Cruz)

Nabon (VOSH OR)

Porto Viejo (VOSH MN)

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ECUADOR

  • VOSH (University of Guayaquil) Ecuador

New Chapter

7 Optometry schools in Ecuador

Good possibility to create permanent clinic at Univ of Guayaquil Hospital staffed by local OD’s

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ECUADOR

  • Ecuador – July 15-21, 2006
  • VOSH Santa Cruz (Quebec)
  • Univ of Guayaquil University Hospital
  • Guayaquil Rotary Club
  • 2900 Patients seen in 6 days.
  • Late September, rotary saw another 1134 patients in 3 days.
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PERU

  • Capital City: LimaArea: 1,285,215 sq km/496,222 sq miles Population: 27,219,264
  • Per Capita Income: US$2,610.00
  • Number of Optometrists: 50
  • Number of technically trained: 400
  • Number of Opticians: 700
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PERU

  • Missions to Peru 2006:
  • Abancay, Peru (VOSH NE)
  • Coya, Peru (VOSH MI)
  • Carjamarca Peru (VOSH IL)
  • Manchay (VOSH SOS)
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PERU

  • VOSH SOS Eurohispano
  • Local VOSH Chapter
  • Works in conjunction with the Rimac Rotary (Lima)
  • Very active chapter
  • 7 missions 3000 pts seen in 2006
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PARAGUAY

  • Capital City: AsunciónArea: 407,000 sq km/157,143 sq miles Population: 5,585,828
  • Per Capita Income: US$1,280.00
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PARAGUAY

  • Missions 2006
  • Asuncion (VOSH KY)
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Bolivia

Capital City: Sucre(gov’t center)

Largest City: La PazArea: 1,098,580 sq km/424,162 sq miles Population: 8,800,000

  • Per Capita Income: US$1,100.
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Bolivia

Several technical Optician/Optometry Programs

In Santa Cruz (Eastern Bolivia)

In La Paz (2nd Capital)

Univ. Filadelfia-ONLY Certified school at this time

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ARGENTINA

  • Capital City: Buenos AiresArea: 2,776,890 sq km/1,072,157 sq miles Population: 37,812,817
  • Per Capita Income: US$4470
  • Number of Optometrists:400
  • 236 practicing/164 pending certification
  • Number of Opticians: 5000
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ARGENTINA

  • A few Optometry Programs
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Universidad Nacional de La Plata
  • Program runs 4 yrs.First 2 yrs Optician
  • Last 2 yrs Optometry program
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Helping Latin America

A FEW

OBSERVATIONS..

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Helping Latin America

Countries with greatest resources:

1.Costa Rica

2.Mexico

3.Ecuador

4. Argentina

5. Peru

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Helping Latin America

Costa Rica currently does not allow

Many missions in their country

Mexico does. VOSH gets requests

For VOSH missions all the time.

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Helping Latin America

Guatemala is good. VOSH PA

has a permanent clinic there.

Some of the rural indigenous

Populations underserved.

Nicaragua has lots of need.

Very little infrastructure so

Not much local support.

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Helping Latin America

HondurasCouple permanent clinics

there including VOSH IN in

San Pedro Sula.

Country also has a lot of need

Second only to Nicaragua

In Central America

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Helping Latin America

Peru is a good country for

Missions – but stringent customs

Regulations are an issue.

Ecuador is an excellent place

to set up missions. There

is need and also good

Local support

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Helping Latin America

Argentina will be good.

There are very large segments

of people underserved in this

large populous country

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Helping Latin America

Bolivia shows some

promise as good mission

destination. And it is probably

the neediest country in

all of South America.

Paraguay is second.

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Helping Latin America

It is a large and populated area

Spanish spoken (except Brazil)

Shorter travel time for volunteer

Minimal Jet Lag

Overall decent infrastructure

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Helping Latin America

Key Issues:

-Trying to help the neediest

-Empower/train locals provide

services to locals year round

-In NO WAY do we want

to interfere with private

Optical businesses.